I took a tuk to Trinco;
I took a tall tale in my
Travelling case

The too-still sea lay flat around me,
Too angry to speak;
Too blue in the face.

I swam towards
The crumbling beach
The sand was powder-white

My tuk tuk glistened red in the
Searing summer sun; A screech -
I watched some crows take flight.

They cawed to me
They tried to woo me
To the shade

But I was already
On the road
Again.

I took a tuk to Trinco;
I took a tall tale in my
Travelling case

I sold it for a secret;
It hid in whispers
On my face.


Notes:

Tuk (or tuktuk) refers to a Trishaw, a three-wheeled vehicle popular in Asia.

Trinco refers to Trincomalee, a coastal town in Sri Lanka, which saw a lot of conflict during the country's civil war.